Thursday, May 25, 2017

Summer High School Credit in Archaeology




Boyd Archaeological Field School’s 2017 session (40th season!) – an exciting opportunity for students to earn a high school credit in two weeks while getting real archaeological skills. 

The Field School was founded in 1975, and has provided hundreds of students with the foundations of archaeological practice.  Many have gone on to post-secondary studies and careers in the field.
 


The course, open to students who have completed Grade 10, is offered as an Interdisciplinary Studies, Grade 12 University Prep credit (IDC4U).  The program is run by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) in a partnership with the York Region District School Board.
 


Students live in dormitories at Claremont Field Centre, north of Ajax, and excavate the nearby Sebastien site a 14th century village ancestral to the Huron-Wendat nation.  In addition to fieldwork, there are visits from Indigenous speakers, lectures by leading professionals, seminars, and hands-on workshops in ancient technologies such as flint-knapping (stone-tool making), firestarting kits, cordage, fishtraps and other re-creations.  Evaluation is based on fieldwork, written assignments, seminars, workshops and a final exam.
 


This summer’s course is takes place July 14th to 30th
 


Tuition is $2395 ($2695 for non-residents of Ontario).

See their brochure HERE

Inquiries can be directed to Aldo Missio 905-832-2289 x223 amissio@trca.on.ca 
Information is also available at this website:
  www.boydfieldschool.org 

Sebastien Scholarship for First Nations, Metis and Inuit Students
 


 We are offering two fully paid tuitions for eligible students - see website for details:  http://www.boydfieldschool.org/#/registration/scholarship 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Summer Camp!!! Ontario Educational Leadership Centre




OELC is located near Orillia, ON and this summer week-long program is an opportunity to build upon a student's leadership skills and qualities through a variety of mediums.

Each student can choose from 3 streams:
A) School based leadership (eg. student councils, etc.)
B) Fine Arts focus
C) Physical Education/Athletics

Space is limited, students will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis and must register to reserve their spot for the coming summer. Check out this LINK or call (705) 689-5572 and ask for Patricia.

See Mr Pearce for more details, bursary application, etc.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Encounters With Canada - 2017-18 calendar now available




All the current spring theme weeks are fully booked.

However, there is an opportunity NOW to register for 2017 Fall and 2018 Spring theme weeks.  And by booking early there may be a savings $$$ available.

A NEW THEME FOR FEBRUARY 2018 - TECH & FOOD!!

Check out all the themes and dates for next school year by clicking on this LINK.

Need help registering?  Come see Mr Pearce or Ms Patterson for details and access codes.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Mohawk Coding Competition



Open to all high school students in Hamilton and the surrounding area.

Team of 1 to 4 students.

Saturday May 6, 2017 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Prizes to be awarded to the top 3 entries.

Go to this link for more details.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Engaging in Entrepreneurship & Engineering @ Waterloo August 2017


Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

Engaging in Entrepreneurship & Engineering (E3) funded by TD is a week-long camp (August 14th-18th, 2017) for high school students entering grades 11-12 who are interested in learning the basics of entrepreneurship. Whether you think of yourself as an ideas-person, business-savvy, developer or designer - this camp is for you!  

Here is LINK you need for more info...


Engineering Catalyst Conference @ Waterloo


Are you a grade 11 girl who is curious about engineering? Want to see what university is like? Come to the University of Waterloo for an overnight girls conference in May!


The conference is an exciting opportunity for grade 11 girls to participate in hands-on workshops, explore the University of Waterloo, meet engineering students, compete in a design competition, and experience life in residence! 
This year's conference was held April 28th to 30th, 2017. Spots are limited to 50 female students, so make sure you get your application in early for 2017!
Click HERE for more information, registration info, etc.

Waterloo's Catalyst Summer Program

DON'T MISS OUT! APPLY NOW!!

The Catalyst Summer Program is a 2 week program that offers a unique, interdisciplinary approach to the “traditional leadership program”. Drawing from the University of Waterloo’s strengths in engineering, science and innovation, high school students develop leadership skills within a community and problem-based context - with real opportunities to put new skills to practice!

Below you'll find the general session schedule for summer 2017:
  • Session I - first two weeks in July 2017
  • Session II -  second two weeks in July 2017
  • Session III - first two weeks in August 2017***
  • Session IV - second two weeks in August 2017 
*** - No camp on Civic Holiday Monday

For more information, please visit their website HERE

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Waterloo Unlimited 5-day program for Grade 10 students


Grade 10 Program | Theme of “Change” 
May 14 - 18, 2017 | 5-day program

We live in the midst of change: technological change, social change, political change, environmental change. In modern times humankind has experienced an unprecedented rapidity of change. How do we adapt, or not adapt... and what are the consequences? Students will consider the perspectives of scientists, engineers, writers, and philosophers, as they examine the dynamics of “Change”.

Program fee: $550 (includes meals; HST)
Supervised residence accommodation fee: $180


Our ideal candidates are:
  • well-rounded academic achievers: literate, articulate, numerate, and collaborative
  • engaged with and contribute positively to family, community, and public good; and
  • curious about an array of subjects, creative, positive, responsible, and enthusiastic self-starters!
Application Deadline: Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
 
    APPLY HERE

    Friday, February 17, 2017

    Encounters with Canada


    Book now for FALL 2017 and beyond!


    Expand your horizons and explore the possibilities for exciting careers that you’ve never before imagined! Visit important Canadian institutions, meet famous and accomplished Canadians, develop your leadership skills and enjoy an extraordinary, bilingual experience. Select from one of 13 theme weeks. Don’t forget—first come, first served!

    Your week in Ottawa is a great bargain at only $675, covering accommodation, meals and all program costs - supplies, activities, visits and tours, and travel within Ottawa. Many provincial/territorial governments even help subsidize these expenses!
    Ask your local regional coordinator for more details.

    Check out their WEBSITE 

    Thursday, February 9, 2017


    The Youth Ambassadors Program with Canada is a three-week exchange for Canadians to visit the United States.  Conducted in the English language, the program brings together students, ages 15 to 18, and adult mentors from across Canada to promote mutual understanding, increase leadership skills, and position youth to make a difference in their communities. Program themes include civic education, community service, youth leadership, and social inclusion.

    The program employs a highly interactive approach through a range of workshops, meetings, and site visits, plus home stays with American families. Through direct engagement with leaders of community, public, and private entities in several program locations, Youth Ambassadors will better understand civic participation and the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democracy. Upon returning home, Youth Ambassadors will apply what they learned to implement community service projects that meet needs in their own communities, and will be engaged in mentoring, networking, and alumni network initiatives.

    The Youth Ambassadors Program with Canada is an intensive program with three segments:
    1) Pre-departure orientation in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, from July 17 to 18, 2017.
    2) Exchange experience in the United States of America, to include:
    a) Plattsburgh, New York, and the Adirondack Park, from July 19 to 30, 2017.
    b) Washington, D.C., from July 31 to August 5, 2017.
    3) Return home travel by August 6, 2017 followed by implementation of post-exchange community service
    activities in Canada, reporting, and alumni engagement.

    The Youth Ambassadors Program with Canada delivers an exceptional content-rich educational opportunity – that will result in significantly deeper knowledge and appreciation by Youth Ambassadors of citizen-engaged participatory democracy in the United States, the value of community service activities, and the leadership skills required to undertake successful community service initiatives. An integral element of this program is for Youth Ambassadors to plan and implement a variety of in-country educational activities upon their return to Canada.

    The program will cover travel, meal, and accommodation costs associated with exchange participation from
    July 17 to August 6, 2017. Participants will provide their own personal spending money. Although participants will have health care benefits during the exchange in the United States, covered medical expenses are subject to limitation, and pre-existing conditions are not covered; participants will also be responsible for the $25 co-pay required for each visit to a doctor’s office in the United States.

    Application Timeline: Applications are due Thursday, March 30, 2017. Interviews for highly qualified applicants will take place during April. Acceptance will be issued by May.

    Come see Mr Pearce in Workroom 214 for the application form.

    Tuesday, February 7, 2017

    Waterloo Unlimited



    Grade 10 Program | Theme of “Change” 
    May 14 - 18, 2017 | 5-day program

    We live in the midst of change: technological change, social change, political change, environmental change. In modern times humankind has experienced an unprecedented rapidity of change. How do we adapt, or not adapt... and what are the consequences? Students will consider the perspectives of scientists, engineers, writers, and philosophers, as they examine the dynamics of “Change”.

    Program fee: $550 (includes meals; HST)
    Supervised residence accommodation fee: $180


    Our ideal candidates are:
    • well-rounded academic achievers: literate, articulate, numerate, and collaborative
    • engaged with and contribute positively to family, community, and public good; and
    • curious about an array of subjects, creative, positive, responsible, and enthusiastic self-starters!
    Application Deadline: Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
     
      APPLY HERE

      Monday, February 6, 2017

      14th Annual Hamilton Brain Bee at McMaster University Friday, April 7, 2017



      Time:  The competition will begin at 1pm.
      Location:  Psychology Building (Building 34 on this map), McMaster campus, room 155.

      How to prepare

      High school students in the Hamilton-Halton and surrounding area from grades 9 through 12 are welcome to compete at the local brain bee.  Students demonstrate their knowledge about the brain and neuroscience, including fascinating topics involving intelligence, memory, emotions, sensations, movement, stress, aging, sleep, addiction, and more. Participating is a valuable experience that you can add to your resume — not to mention the possibility of winning prizes and fame!
      All the questions will come from Neuroscience: Science of the Brain.
      There are other resources that you might find useful and inspiring!
      For example: Brain Facts and the Brain Facts Book

      Thursday, February 2, 2017

      Semester 2 Math Contests!

      Ms Barsan is the go to teacher in the Mathematics department for math contests.
      Here is the link to her webpage that gives you information on dates, locations, and fees.

      OPEN HERE

      Good luck!

      Youth Empowerment Summit 2017


      DESCRIPTION

      Are you ready to live your life in action?
      This all-day event for teens, ages 14-18, will feature inspiring workshops, self-inquiry, yoga and meditation.
      Our mission: To empower the next generation of leaders to live a powerful and positive life.
      Who you are: You are a 14 - 18 year old who is seeking purpose, belonging and support.
      You will need: A yoga mat, water bottle, journal and pen. Please wear comfortable clothes that will allow you to move during yoga and sit comfortably. Optional: you can also bring a change of clothes for after the yoga session. Note: lunch will be provided. 
      You will leave the Summit with:
      • An understanding that your voice matters
      • How to be accountable for your actions
      • A positive sense of community and connection
      • An introduction to mindfulness to tackle stress and anxiety
      Speakers will include:
      Kinndli McCollum, Co-Founder of Power Yoga Canada/ Co-Owner of Power Yoga Canada Oakville
      Vincent Luciani, Founder & Owner, The Legacy Coaching
      Pino Rizzi, Founder of DCF - Decide. Commit. Follow Through

      Claudia Bauman, Mama, Special Education Consultant, Yoga Instructor

      Maggie Aynsley, Grade 8 Teacher, Yoga Instructor
      When: Saturday February 12, 10:00am to 5:30pm @ Monte Carlo Inn, Oakville.
      Here is the link to the event for students to register and to see the confirmed speakers. The cost of the event is $50 solely to cover room rental and lunches. Here is a link to our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts as well.


      Tuesday, January 24, 2017

      Ontario Educational Leadership Centre



      OELC is located near Orillia, ON and this summer week-long program is an opportunity to build upon a student's leadership skills and qualities through a variety of mediums.

      Each student can choose from 3 streams:
      A) School based leadership (eg. student councils, etc.)
      B) Fine Arts focus
      C) Physical Education/Athletics

      Space is limited, students will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis and must register to reserve their spot for the coming summer. Check out this LINK or call (705) 689-5572 and ask for Patricia.

      Second Annual McMaster Earthquake Engineering Competition (MEEC)

      McMaster is hosting an Earthquake Engineering Competition on Saturday, February 18. 

      There are limited spaces. This is open to all students. 
      • The team rosters will be finalized on Friday, February 10th, so we also ask to be emailed of any changes or additions to the roster by this date.  Teams of 5 or less.

      Contact Ms. Nguyen in the Mathematics department for more information.

      Engineering Conference @ Guelph University

      Interaction - April 26 and 27, 2017


      Designed for university-bound grade 10 and 11 high school students, this conference will introduce university living and learning through informative and interactive sessions led by our faculty and staff.
      This year, the University of Guelph will offer approximately 35 sessions that provide students with an opportunity to learn more about our academic disciplines and student services.   From Introduction to DNA Barcoding, to Designing for the Wearable Computing EnvironmentWeighing the Profits: A Business Case Competition, or Conflict: The Good and the Bad, your choices are varied. 
      Registration is required, and must include a fee of $30 per student (includes lunch). The University will be using a first-come, first-served registration policy. Please get your applications in as soon as possible to ensure you are registered in your chosen sessions.
      To register for this event CLICK HERE

      Tuesday, January 17, 2017

      Leadership Opportunitiy: Grade 10s only



      There is a leadership opportunity for Grade 10 students being offered through the Central Ontario Leadership Seminar (COLS).  Based on an application process here at IRHS, one grade 10 student can be selected to attend a three-day event from May 27th – 29th, 2017. The event is held at University of Toronto, Mississauga.  All expenses, except for transportation to and from the site, are paid for by sponsoring community clubs, corporate sponsors, and individual philanthropists.  Additional details will follow.

      The goals of COLS are:

      • Encourage and prepare the next generation of Canada's civic, social and corporate leaders.
      • Provide young leaders with forums to learn "how" to think, not "what" to think, by offering independent and interactive opportunities for critical thinking.
      • Encourage personal growth by promoting positive thinking, goal setting and community involvement.

      Feel free to visit their website at: www.cols.ca

      The application process includes a short essay on the following question:  “People change just like the seasons.  Describe a small or big change that has left a positive impact on you and why?”  

      Prior to Friday, February 10th, please compose a 75-100 word answer to that question and share it with Mr. Pearce and Ms Patterson, and a commitment for the weekend of May 27-29th.  A candidate will be selected from the submitted applications at that time.  Those not selected may have an opportunity to take part in a one day COLS seminar in the spring entitled “Promoting Leadership Among Youth” Day..
      Should you have any questions please feel free to ask.

      Friday, January 13, 2017

      Give Respect, Get Respect Competition



      Help the Halton and Halton Catholic Board, and the Halton Police Department, spread the message of respect and positive relationships.

      Entries must communicate positive real-life strategies promoting messages about:
      • Equity and diversity
      • Personal well-being and self-esteem
      • Healthy relationships and bullying prevention
      • Building positive spaces and belonging at a school and in the community

      Halton students in grades 6 to 12 may submit entries to be showcased across the Halton Region in three winning categories:
      1. Posters
      2. Videos
      3. Original music composition

      Mr Pearce is our school's contact person and the submission deadline is March 9, 2017.

      Please read the link below for all the details, rules, etc.
      CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

      Tuesday, January 10, 2017

      Young Leaders Wanted: A week in Ottawa on Parliament Hill



      You will have an opportunity to:
      - gain a better understanding of the national decision-making process in Canada;
      - get an insiders' view of Canadian politics and public affairs;
      - share your ideas and acquire tools for community engagement;
      - enhance your leadership and second official language skills;
      - and much more!

      Session dates:
      February 20 to 25
      March 5 to 10
      March 19 to 24

      Who can apply? 
      Any 15 to 19 year-old Canadian students who are interested in politics and leaders in their communities. 

      Deadline:
      January 20, 2017

      Program Fee:
      The $895 participation covers:

      • hotel accommodation (triple occupancy) at an Ottawa hotel,
      • travel costs are provided by the Department of Canadian Heritage through its Exchanges Canada program,
      • all meals during the program, beginning with dinner on Sunday and ending with breakfast the following Friday,
      • instructional materials,
      • transportation by bus within Ottawa and special activities such as the Members’ of Parliament Dinner, Senators’ Breakfast, and closing dinner.
      • If funding the trip is a challenge for you, there are bursaries available for qualifying students. There’s also a good chance you could find sponsors in your community to support this unique educational opportunity.